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Adrien Van Beveren at the 2017 Dakar Rally

Van Beveren hunting final Dakar podium as Barreda hits the top again

Jan 132017

The 2017 Dakar Rally continues to barrel across the diverse topography of South America and the geographical richness of Argentina. After two weeks and over 8000km the chequered flag is creeping into sight. For Yamaha’s Adrien Van Beveren – a rider in just his second attempt at the Dakar and who celebrated his 26th birthday in the midst of the gruelling distances and damp weather through the Bolivian stint – a remarkable podium finish is tantalisingly close.

The Frenchman lies fourth after holding third place for a significant stretch of the Rally and through the period of two disruptive stage cancellations as the poor climate wrecked minor havoc on the trajectory of the Dakar. ‘AVB’ took his Yamaha to seventeenth position in the tenth chapter of twelve yesterday that involved technical and difficult conditions in the 450km charge from Chilecito to San Juan. “Now, two hours after the stage, I can speak because today was really hard for me,” he admitted somewhat dejectedly but still managing to hold a customary smile. “I decided in the morning that I would push to ride fast and maintain my podium position but it was a bad tactic and I lost some time with navigation. Anyway, I’ll do my best tomorrow to try and get back in contention.”